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Thursday, April 30, 2009

happy birthday dad!!


since today is my dad's birthday, so i thought id dedicate a special post just for him.


the only child of illiterate russian peasants, my dad was the first in his family to go to college. graduated from the university of IL with a degree in microbiology, and later went on to dental school. he finished with a degree in general dentistry.


always a religious man, my dad tried to instill his love of god in his children-my brother and i. it didnt work as well as he'd hoped, but at least he instilled in us a sense of decency that i find lacks horribly among my peers.


dad, this one's for you.
happy birthday.


your loving daughter,
tamtam (yes, even on my dad's birthday, i refuse to give up my real name)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

tea party pix

hi everyone!
sorry im a little late in posting. ive been really busy with tests and biology and stuff like that. i went to the tucson tea party on wed. i had intended to go to the one at the valdez library, but i got off at the wrong stop downtown and it just so happened that the stop i got off at led right to the pima county judicial district. this particular tea party was held at the old pima county courthouse. its a nice looking building and the protest was in the back plaza.



















as you can see, it was really crowded. it was also really hot.
at the tea party, there was a barrage of signs.





































there was also a band performing. i forgot what they were called, but it was a country band.






after the band was finished playing, the organizers got up, gave a rallying speech, and demanded that we call the congress non-representatives. since im not an AZ resident (im sorta resident-less cuz i have an AZ drivers license, but most of my legal paperwork is still in IL), i couldnt call and harass the non-reps (i dont know my IL non-rep's number). i heard the organizers say that us angry constituents had jammed the phone lines and fax lines. i believe he used the term "burn their phone lines!"

im sure you'll want to know what kind of "treasonous" activities i participated in at the protest. truth be told, i didnt really do anything. since i couldnt stay long cuz i had to go back to school for class, i was only able to stay for 1/2 an hour or so. i couldnt bring a sign cuz you're not supposed to bring that kinda stuff on buses (i dont have a car, so im forced to rely on public transportation). instead, i brought a small tea bag. afterall, you cant go to a tea party without tea! and contrary to what the media has been misinforming you, the protesters were VERY WELL BEHAVED!! there were lots of boos, but nobody got rowdy. there were kids there, and who wants to set a bad example by brawling in front of the kids?

upon arriving back at UA, i got back just in time to watch the white sox get womped by detroit during my lunch hour. thankfully, it was only the end of the game, so i didnt have to suffer watching it.
bye!
tamtam

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

tea party or no tea party?

since tomorrow is tax day, and tucson is hosting a tea party, i was thinking about going. i think this would be a good way to protest the trillions of debt that my children and grandchildren will inherit, and since im not politically active, this would be a good way for me to otherwise get involved. though this is potentially sedatious as even questioning barack's policies is seen as racism, i have to make my voice heard. if the chicago thugs won't listen, then maybe out here in AZ they will. it could be potentially dangerous, as all it takes is some rogue protesters to unleash the cops on us. hell, even the missouri state police is considering going after people who are considered "right-wing terrorists"-which basically means you're an ordinary pro-life, gun-rights, religious person, want smaller gov't, and encompass everything that true republicans ally themselves with.

perhaps im just being paranoid, and i would really like to go (i know the bus routes to get there), but there's the problem of classtime. though my 1st class tomorrow isnt till 3 pm, im worried that i'll lose track of time and be late. plus, its a 1-hr wait between bus circuits. i'll probably go, but i'll only stay for a short while. i have 2 locations to choose from: the valdez library or presdio park. neither of which are terribly far from UA. like i said, i dont know which 1 i'll go to.

there's also a white sox game on wgn tomorrow and i'd really like to see that too, but my rights are way more important than baseball. plus, i have my phone to keep track of the scores.

i might also take pix and if i do, i'll post them here.

goodbye and i'll report back from my day at the tea party!! we will not let this communist regime tromp all over us like we're cockroaches!!

tamtam

Friday, April 3, 2009

obama youth brigade-church attendance forbidden

this is in response to a comment written on my last post, 'the bitch list'.

in 'the bitch list', i wrote about a comment about how obama wanted to create a civillian 'brownshirts' defense team. i was thinking about this recently, and then i came across this article on the feed of 'real clear religion'. i'll link this entry to the article at the end of this blog.

basically, it says that people recieving student loans will be required to serve 3 years doing 'community work' in a youth brigade. like the nazi brownshirts, you will be indoctorinated with leftist propaganda. but whats really the kicker is that if you belong to the youth brigade, you are absolutely forbidden to have anything to do with religion. now, i dont profess to be especially religious, but i believe in god and the only reason i havent been going to church is that i dont know where there is an orthodox church here in tucson!

Is this the change you really voted for? President Obama has only been in office for two months. Now we have HR 1388. The Bill was sponsored by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) with 37 others. The Bill was introduced to the floor of the House of Representatives where both Republicans and Democrats voted 321-105 in favor. Next it goes to the Senate for a vote and then on to President Obama.

This bill’s title is called “Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education” (GIVE). It forms what some are calling “Obama’s Youth Brigade.” Obama’s plan is require anyone receiving school loans and others to serve at least three months as part of the brigade. His goal is one million youth! This has serious Nazi Germany overtones to it.

The Bill would forbid any student in the brigade to participate in “engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.” That means no church attendance or witnessing.

Again, is this what America voted for? Here is part of the HR1388 Bill’s wording:

SEC. 1304. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS.
Section 125 (42 U.S.C. 12575) is amended to read as follows:


SEC. 125. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS.
(a) Prohibited Activities- A participant in an approved national service position under this subtitle may not engage in the following activities:


(1) Attempting to influence legislation.

(2) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes.…

(7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.

And finally

(10) Such other activities as the Corporation may prohibit.Update: Bill passed in Senate March 26th, 2009. Senate Roll Call #115 Details H.R.1388: To reauthorize and reform the national service laws.Update: April 1st, 2009.In the GIVE legislation, SEC. 1304. Section 125 was repealed in it's entirety from the bill. People who opposed the restrictions on church attendance rejoiced. However, closer examination reveals that all of the original wording was inserted further down in the bill in SEC. 1310 SEC 132A in it's entirety with the addition of even one more prohibited activity.

(As stated above, the original wording was inserted further down in the bill in SEC. 1310 SEC 132A in it's entirety with the addition of even one more prohibited activity…

SEC. 1310. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS.
Subtitle C of title I (42 U.S.C. 12571 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 132 the following:

‘SEC. 132A. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS.
‘(a) Prohibited Activities- An approved national service position under this subtitle may not be used for the following activities:


‘(1) Attempting to influence legislation.

‘(2) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes. …

‘(7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of proselytization, consistent with section 132. …

‘(10) Conducting a voter registration drive or using Corporation funds to conduct a voter registration drive.

‘(11) Carrying out such other activities as the Corporation may prohibit.

scary, isnt it? original article can be viewed here.
tamtam